# Can IC bulbs be replaced by CF?

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$30 billion if im elected president! Think of our children's future! 8. ### rachmaninoff 0 Q: How many web-surfing environmentalists does it take to change a lightbulb? 9. ### scott1 459 Ok..but can you put incharge of light bulb inspections? 10. ### russ_watters ### Staff: Mentor Yes, we have had this discussion before, but I'm a big fan of CF lamps..... Right now, their low sales are strictly a matter of economics - people don't realize how much money they lose in the long term by not putting up the extra ~$5 up front for the bulbs. Its a classic business problem that plagues my industry as well. Incentives (or putative legislation) would certainly help and I think it is something that should be done.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls
Their numbers are much too conservative, though - a good 23 watt, not a 32 watt, CF is equivalent to a 100w incadescent. They also don't include the effect it has on air conditioning in the summer.

More numbers: a $6, 10,000 hour 23w CF will cost about$30 to power over its lifetime (at $.13per kWh). 3.3,$2, 3000 hour (total cost: $6.6) 100w incandescents will cost about$130 to power.

Last edited: Feb 20, 2006